Snoop Dogg has always been one to speak his mind, and during a recent interview, he reflected on his fallen friend Tupac when presented with some of the West Coast rapper’s prolific thoughts about race relations in America.
Sitting down with Ari Melber of MSNBC’s The Beat, Tha Doggfather was shown via tablet sentiments from Pac, including one where he says prior to his death, “We was asking with the Panthers; we was asking with the Civil Rights Movement. We was asking. Now those people that were asking, they’re all dead or in jail, so what do you think we’re going to do? Ask?”
“F**k no.” Snoop replies in a continuation of Tupac’s thoughts, “Now you get it. Even watching that, my spirit is bubbling right now. Like I feel like f****n’ somebody up from just hearing that just because I know it puts me in that era, that zone when our voice didn’t matter back then. Things we were speaking to as far as corruption and violence and all that, they were taking it and reversing it back on us as if, ‘No, you gotta problem. You’re violent.’”
The Long Beach rapper adds that it’s the United States that has a history of violence against African Americans – not the other way around.
“No. America’s violent. We was peaceful,” he told Melber. “The Black Panthers was put together to bare arms and do all this peaceful stuff. Y’all came and shot them down and knocked them down, and now we don’t have a voice. And now when we try to speak as rappers, you wanna lock us up and say our music is making people kill each other and this and that, and then we can’t bare arms.”
Snoop concluded: “All the stuff he was speaking to is happening right now, but this was 25 years ago. If we don’t stand up and make a difference and make a chance, it won’t change. That’s why we do what we do and we movin’ like we movin’ right now.”
The “lock us up” comment Snoop made is likely in reference to Hip Hop lyrics being used as evidence in criminal trials, which has regained steam due to the RICO charges levied against Young Thug and Gunna in May.
“Remember [Tupac] was a Black Panther, so he’s seeing directly how the Black Panthers organized to help out the Black community, put back into helping the kids and just structure us as far as having our own values,” Snoop notes to start the interview segment. “We made a difference. We was able to do something. We was able to have a voice. We was able to move mountains. We was able to unite people, and we was even able to unite color lines. Tupac loved all people and I love all people. We didn’t just make music for Black people. We were trying to help Black people because we seen what was done to us when we tried to help each other.”
Watch the full Snoop Dogg interview segment with MSNBC below.